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Falcons getting no respect in Vegas
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Falcons getting no respect in Vegas

Falcons getting no respect in Vegas
Photo Credit: CURTIS COMPTON / AJC
HEADED TO THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP--011313 ATLANTA : Falcons veteran center Todd McClure lets out a victory yell on the sidelines following kicker Matt Bryant's game winning field goal for a 30-28 victory over the Seahawks in their NFL divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons getting no respect in Vegas

If you're one of the fans who thinks the Falcons get no respect, gamblers in Las Vegas seem to agree.

"Once again the Falcons are not getting any respect," says Jay Kornegay, director of the sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton.  "From not only the oddsmakers but from the general public, as well."

Despite having home field advantage for Sunday's NFC Championship game against San Francisco, Kornegay says the money has been going for the 49ers.

"We opened the 49ers as a 3 1/2 point road favorite," he tells WSB.  "It went as high as 4 1/2 on Monday night."

Since then the line has settled at 4 in favor of San Francisco.

While the general public has been betting on the 49ers, the sharps, also known as the "wise guys" began their betting with a wave of money on San Francisco.

"The educated money came in on the 49ers early," Kornegay says.  "But, I believe, that's just an adjustment for the market, meaning they thought the line should be a little higher."

Kornegay believes the performance of the two teams from this past weekend is also driving money towards San Francisco.

"We probably wouldn't see this line if (49ers quarterback) Colin Kaepernick didn't go off like he did this last weekend," he says.  "But, because he had such a big game, flashy and doing everything, that always influences the public."

"They also saw the Falcons lose a big lead then win at the end," says Kornegay.  "The Falcons had a great three quarters, but made it too close for comfort."

As for the professional gamblers, they look at how the Falcons played, not their record.  Kornegay says that leads to people not trusting Atlanta to win by a good margin.

On the brighter side, Kornegay says that, in recent days, the betting seems to be swinging towards the Falcons, with late money coming in on the side of Atlanta.

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